Cheetahs could make a reputation in Europe

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Head coach Hawies Fourie believes the Cheetahs have the proper alternative taking part in star-studded sides within the Problem Cup to show their value as a top-tier group.

Having demonstrated competitiveness in opposition to eventual winners Toulon final season, Fourie emphasises {that a} Currie Cup victory in 2023 received’t suffice.

Talking in a wide-ranging interview with Sunday newspaper Rapport, he goals to raise the Free Staters’ worldwide standing via the EPCR competitors.

Regardless of current challenges, Fourie’s contract has been prolonged till June 2025, with key gamers dedicated for the following two years. The Cheetahs, in search of enchancment from their earlier Problem Cup efficiency, goal the quarter-finals.

Their first dwelling recreation is in opposition to the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Sunday afternoon, with Amsterdam as their official dwelling floor for this season’s competitors.

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“The Problem Cup is a spot the place the Cheetahs could make a reputation for themselves,” Fourie advised Rapport.

“Within the Currie Cup there are at all times individuals who say the Springboks had been unavailable and it was a World Cup yr. You might be doing properly, however there may be at all times a ‘however’.

“On this competitors there isn’t a ‘however’. The groups are actually good and if we will present that we’re ok, I really feel we will open a door for the Cheetahs sooner or later.”

He added: “I felt we received the Currie Cup and also you need to preserve that consistency.

“Final yr we did properly within the Problem Cup and this yr is perhaps a bit of harder, however we had a superb begin.”

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